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Yolanda Putman

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Hamilton County entrepreneur Greg Vital took 36 years to finish his college degree, but on Sunday he graduated from Southern Adventist University and was the commencement speaker.

Before the first of a couple of dozen neo-Nazis stepped foot on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn on Saturday, the crowd of police and sheriff's deputies rivaled the hundreds of protesters on hand.

A Chattanooga company will begin work June 1 on a $5 million renovation of Dogwood Manor, a high-rise apartment building for seniors near downtown.

Kristi Salisbury cries tears of joy about her autistic son’s progress.

Jesse Jackson stood before almost a dozen Chattanooga pastors, both black and white.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, one of the most celebrated black leaders of the past half-century but a lightning rod for criticism, is coming to Chattanooga today, even as the country’s largest neo-Nazi group assembles here to mark its 40th anniversary.

A motorcycle ministry and a marriage ministry join forces Saturday to help married couples keep their wedding vows.

Kada, a 50-pound scrappy K9, has dodged bullets, tracked down felons and sniffed out narcotics.

Summer camp, job training and housing programs are offered in East Chattanooga but some residents don’t know they exist.

On Thursday, the Chattanooga Housing Authority moved a 37-acre vacant housing site off its books and the city picked up what officials hope will become an economic development catalyst in East Chattanooga.

It was summerlike warm Saturday and Sunday, wet and windy Monday and today and now comes a possibly record-breaking cold snap on Wednesday.

A South Sudanese refugee, who with his wife and daughters escaped the brutal war in that country, will become a South Chattanooga homeowner next month because of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Politicians and billionaires took the vote for organized labor out of the hands of Volkswagen workers and gave it to a few people trying to control the country with power and wealth, said Chattanooga NAACP executive committee member Joe Rowe.

NAACP representatives from the state, regional and local level today voiced support for workers rights and demanded that Volkswagen autoworkers vote concerning a union without the alleged influence from politicians.

Shawndrail Fields locked herself behind a shell, avoiding self-expression and public speaking, until Girls Inc. showed her what she could do.

Melissa Post’s 8-year-old son isn’t potty trained even though he’s been working on it for five years. He speaks only two words, “eat” and “mama,” and he flaps his hands while walking.

Gloria Griffith thought no one noticed her quietly preparing food baskets for homeless people living in hotels, giving socks to seniors at Christmastime or gathering after-school snacks for children.

De’Von Sanderfer was a shy child whose knack for poetry and public speaking emerged when she gave a class presentation — in the second grade.

Public housing residents are not adequately represented on the Chattanooga Housing Authority board, and they want the mayor to appoint more of them to the board to make sure their interests are protected.

Many of the parks in Hamilton County also feature playgrounds, and several cities have built large, multistructure community playgrounds.

Several organizations have been established to serve Chattanooga's increasingly diverse community.

Lillian Samuel has a brain aneurysm that prevents her from living home alone and driving, so she reluctantly sold her condo and moved into a Morning Pointe retirement facility.

The outside of the Chattanooga History Center looks unchanged, but when people come inside they will be "insanely amazed," Executive Director Daryl Black said.

Area libraries are using the latest technology and interactive programs to draw patrons, but a few of them are struggling to survive.

After a fire forced the evacuation of nearly 250 elderly and disabled renters from Patten Towers last May, the Chattanooga Housing Authority promised to have fire drills in all the high-rise buildings that it manages.

When Charlie Hughes started as a case manager at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen in 1989, the facility served only soup and sandwiches to its homeless clients.

Don't just meet the EPA's new standard for stormwater management; create a project that will bring residents a better quality of life, Don Green, the city's water quality supervisor, told a group of planners, architects and engineers this week.

People can position themselves and their families to get out of poverty if they use their income tax return wisely, said Sharon Kelly, owner of Sharon’s Senior Services.

Ellie Shadrick presented her class project about domestic violence at the Partnership Crisis Resource Center and then started to cry. She didn’t just read about violence, the 18-year-old Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences senior lived it for 14 years.

After two years of fruitless efforts to sell what was one of the largest public housing complexes in Chattanooga, the housing authority on Tuesday accepted the city’s offer of $2.6 million in cash.

The City of Chattanooga will soon be the owner of the 36-acre former Harriet Tubman housing site in East Chattanooga.

A fourth buyer for the former Harriet Tubman housing site has emerged as the Chattanooga Housing Authority considers bids from potential developers.

At 11 a.m. the deacons walked into the sanctuary singing an old gospel hymn in perfect harmony. No music.

Any developer who takes over the former Harriet Tubman site should have to sign a community benefits agreement holding the developer accountable for hiring residents and making sure residents benefit from the development, the People’s Coalition for Affordable Housing says.

A group of senior East Lake Courts residents is taking a stand against crime, saying they will call the police when they see illegal activity and they are not intimidated by threats of retaliation.

The Chattanooga Rail Runners, the city’s only professional basketball team, will have its first game at the Rossville Athletic Center this weekend.

Sounds of classic jazz and the smell of sweet, smoked barbecue made me smile the moment I entered Chattanooga Wing Factory.

Chattanooga Housing Authority board members have at least three bids to consider for the purchase of the former Harriet Tubman housing site, the Times Free Press has learned.

A neighborhood coalition wants federal prosecutors to investigate the Chattanooga Housing Authority for a bidding process that for two years has failed to sell the city's second-largest public housing site.

Chattanooga leaders saw the civil rights era bombings in Birmingham, Ala., and high-pressure water hoses turned on people in Montgomery, Ala., and said such events would not happen here, according to former NAACP President Eddie Holmes.

Retired Harlem Globetrotter Paul "Showtime" Gaffney thinks he's taking a winning shot at helping local athletes reach their potential at his Sports University.

Residents in the city's four public housing sites for the elderly aired grievances over new temperature restrictions in their apartments, but housing officials promised to work to make sure they're comfortable.

If the Meals on Wheels program had more volunteers, it could feed more residents who can't cook for themselves, program manager Stacie Smith said.

Jamar Rogers survived homelessness, prostitution, methamphetamine abuse and an HIV diagnosis.

A new East Chattanooga neighborhood group clamored on Saturday for the city to buy the derelict Harriet Tubman public housing complex, though most members said they don't support Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's current plan for the site.

The Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition will complete its annual Point-in-Time count of homeless people today in hopes of generating at least $2.8 million in funding to serve them.

Public housing residents say being in a room where an outside party regulates the heat is like sitting behind the steering wheel while someone else drives the car.

Terry Moore Smith owes more than $1,000 from heating her three-bedroom home in November and December and is seeking help to pay it.

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